The perception of the value ergonomics brings to Corporate America’s bottom line just received a shot in the arm … by one of industry’s most innovative thinkers. On April 15, 2021 Jeff Bezos in his Letter to Shareholders provided an overview of Amazon’s 2021 plans to leverage job rotation in their operations. Bezos stated that he is an inventor; and that invention is what he does best, creating the most value for Amazon. He then outlined upcoming innovations in safety support
Smartphone ergonomics is an emerging topic in the field of ergonomics. The modern touchscreen smartphone has been around for a few years, but research on evaluating the physical exposures and determining subsequent MSD (Musculoskeletal Disorder) risks is relatively new. Saturn Ergonomics is hosting an Auburn University ISE (Industrial & Systems Engineering) Senior Design Team project over the Fall 2020 Semester. The five-person student team is working to make advancements tow
For me, naming my business was very personal. I think the name should reflect the purpose, mission, image, and ideals of the business itself. I sort of stumbled upon the Saturn name. After developing a long list of potential company names, and liking none of them, I decided to try my hand at a logo. I developed a sketch of a logo (a 2-colored circle with a horizontal line through the middle), but did not really have a company identity or name for it. That afternoon my son bro
Alec is currently a Senior at Auburn University working on his Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering. During his time in college he has worked multiple internships focusing on full stack web development, including Saturn Ergonomics. He primarily enjoys designing unique and intuitive user interfaces as well as efficient and scalable server code. He also has an interest in data science and machine learning.
Ergonomics Engineer Intern 001, Connor Lusk returns for Fall Semester. Connor will be leading the video production efforts at Saturn Ergonomics Consulting, creating a variety of content videos. One of her first projects is a video on the new Force Estimation Technology. Connor is a PhD Candidate at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. She will also be working with me to co-author research on new innovative technologies being developed and introduced in the ergonomics marketplace.
This is the Saturn Ergonomics Ergo Manifesto. For starters, we need a definition of the word manifesto. A manifesto is a public statement expressing your view or intention to do something. As Founder of Saturn Ergonomics, I’m maintaining a high degree of transparency with respect to things like mission, values, etc. I want this type of thing to be public knowledge. I’m going to cover the items in the Ergo Manifesto individually. innovate To the core, the purpose of Saturn Erg
Had a blast today working with Michael and Ashwini, Auburn University students and Interns at Saturn Ergonomics. We simply put this week’s software up on the monitor and had a collaborative discussion … sort of the intersection of ergonomics and software development. Ashwini and I had spent much of this week assembling a large population strength database. This database will feed force & torque strength values into the ergonomics software. This database may eventually serve a
I want to introduce a new team member at Saturn Ergonomics, Michael Harrison. Michael is a senior at Auburn University studying Software Engineering. He worked as a co-op for Adtran in Huntsville AL, developing network technologies with a strong focus on UX (User Experience). Michael likes to innovate, learn, and grow mentally & physically at work and off the job. At Saturn Ergonomics, Michael contributes to the development of a web-based software framework to deliver force
I want to introduce a new team member at Saturn Ergonomics, Ashwini Sharath. Ashwini holds a MS in Advanced Biotechnology from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She’s currently pursuing a masters degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering (ergonomics focus) here at Auburn University. Ashwini’s goals and career interests include introducing ergonomics in various industries and incorporating ergonomics into product design to provide a better user experience.
I heard this quote listening to a college graduation speech by Denzel Washington. “You only live once, so do what you feel passionate about. Don’t be afraid to take chances professionally. Don’t be afraid to fail.” ~ Denzel Washington ~ That really resonates with me. I'm striving to do all of these things with Saturn Ergonomics. It was my dream to have my own consulting business ... since I was 25 years old. And not that long ago I "woke up" and decided to pursue it. It amaze
What is the meaning of ergonomics for us™? This blog post answers that question. ergonomics for us™ means … When I left a longtime consulting job to start Saturn Ergonomics Consulting, my vision was to build a company focused on developing and delivering tools & technology to truly meet the needs of the ergonomics practitioner. By ergonomics practitioner, I mean the real living, breathing people out in the field who apply ergonomics … supervisors, engineers, maintenance empl
Many of the approaches we currently use for ergonomics evaluation & risk assessment may soon be obsolete. You may be thinking … “No way! I’ve been using the same ergo risk assessment & evaluation tools for the last 10-15 years.”. If that's the case, keep reading … This post outlines a different, emerging approach … individualized ergonomics evaluation. Traditionally, approaches to ergonomics evaluation & risk assessment have consisted of evaluating with respect to limitations
Special visitors to the Ergo Innovation Space™ last Friday. JC Rodriguez, Global Ergonomics & Safety Manager for Georgia-Pacific; and Auburn University OSE program students - Connor Lusk, Rong Huangfu, and Bob Granzow. JC has a broad background in ergonomics … spanning both industry and consulting. Visits by industry ergo leaders like JC are a vital component to understanding the ergo technology needs of industry and getting feedback on new technology innovations. And an oppo
Recently at an ergonomics conference, I attended a post-conference get together. Earlier I had mentioned “transparent innovation” to someone at the table. Then someone asked a memorable question … “What the $#%& is transparent innovation?”. I thought to myself, “That’s a good question.” Let me explain. First I would like to share that Saturn Ergonomics has a strong focus on innovation in applied ergonomics. Besides delivering traditional consulting services (training, evaluat
Trip report from ACE-ODAM 2017 last week in Banff, Alberta Canada. This year’s conference was a joint production between ACE, Association of Canadian Ergonomists, and ODAM, Organizational Design and Management. This was my first time attending ACE (called “ace” by participants), and it was my first trip to Canada. I’m glad to report that both were amazing. The conference ran Monday - Thursday, but I arrived on Wednesday. And on Thursday I was to participate in a panel discuss
Looking forward to attending ACE-ODAM Conference in Banff next week. The conference runs from July 31 - August 3. This will be my first time attending the ACE, Association of Canadian Ergonomists, Conference. On Thursday, August 3 at 3:30 PM, I will be taking part in a panel discussion: The Challenges and Benefits of Calculating the Cumulative Ergonomics Risk Associated with Multiple Subtasks. Other panel members are noted ergonomists Jim Potvin, Kevin Perdeaux, Carrie Taylo
I want to introduce a new team member at Saturn Ergonomics, Connor Lusk. Connor is a graduate student at Auburn University pursuing a master’s in Industrial & Systems Engineering. Connor is an EIT (Engineer In Training), and completed her undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Alabama. Connor provides expertise in research lit review, and is making contributions with ergonomics technology innovation projects. Connor’s fist project as Ergonomics
I want to thank UFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil) for the guest lecture opportunity yesterday. The topic was Ergonomics Applications for Lean. And a BIG SHOUTOUT to the students!!! Students in attendance are working toward careers as Engineers (Production, Mechanical, and Electrical), Product Designers, Architects, Psychologist, and Physiotherapist; and pursuing a Masters or Doctorate Degree in Ergonomics or Lean Manufacturing. In the web presentation, I s